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Sanchez to take plea deal in La Harpe murder case

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Antonio Sanchez Antonio Sanchez
Maddie Finch Maddie Finch
CARTHAGE, Ill. (WGEM) -

 Antonio Sanchez waived his right to a jury trial Tuesday morning and his lawyer said Sanchez will take a plea deal.

Jury selection was scheduled to continue Tuesday at the Hancock County courthouse for the Sanchez murder trial, but after an hour and a half delay, the announcement was made that Sanchez had waived the right to a jury trial and will enter fully negotiated plea Wednesday morning.

Defense Attorney Drew Schnack stated that details of the plea deal wouldn't be released until Wednesday.

Sanchez, who was 17 at the time, is charged with three counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Battery with a Weapon in the shooting death of Maddie Finch, 19 at her home on New Year's Day.

During a previous court appearance, the prosecution stated the incident happened at a party. They stated the suspect brought a 22-caliber gun to the party and shot Finch once in the back of the head.

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